When his homemade clock — which some said looked like a bomb — earned him a police escort out of school, teenager Ahmed Mohamed became a viral sensation that got notice from everyone from President Barack Obama to Mark Zuckerberg. Now, his family is demanding $15 million from the town of Irving, Texas, and his former school district, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Law firm Laney and Bollinger sent a letter Monday to the city of Irving and Irving Independent School District saying they allegedly defamed Mohamed when speaking with the media, and violated his rights by interrogating him without his parents.
For instance, the mayor of the town continued to call Ahmed's clock a "hoax bomb" after police cleared it, the letters said, and referred to his pencil case as a "briefcase." After the incident, Ahmed's likeness was used in offensive Halloween costumes and images, the letters said.
"Ahmed's reputation in the global community is permanently scarred," the attorneys wrote.
The letters demand that the city of Irving pay the family $10 million, and the school district pay another $5 million and issue formal apologies, the Morning News reported. If the city and district do not comply, the firm said it intends to file a civil lawsuit in 60 days.
The letters are just the latest in the saga of the teenager, who moved to Doha, Qatar, reportedly fearing for his safety after his scientific aspirations were met with arrest at school, inspiring the #IStandwithAhmed hashtag.
The city, school district and attorneys did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.
For more on the story, check out the full article from The Dallas Morning News.